The above statement/headline is a lie. In the past several years, I’ve become aware of a number of successful business owners/CEOs who aren’t feeling very good; in fact, they wonder if what they do really matters. From the outside, they appear to have their act together, they seem confident, and their results are spectacular. But something is missing.
I believe that “something” is positive feedback.
Some might say they’re making a lot of money, and that should be the only feedback they need. I don’t agree with that premise.
There are many situations where a CEO’s success is unknown, often due to confidentiality, even though they do many things deserving of public notice.
I’m not suggesting that more people should be brown-nosers. All I’m saying is that a simple note or verbal acknowledgement can make more impact than you may think.
Over the years, I’ve sent such feedback to extremely successful executives, and I admit I’ve been shocked at the obvious appreciation for my mention of their accomplishments.
I’d like to start a movement to provide private, appropriate feedback to business leaders, including those who appear to have their act together. We all need healthy, motivated business executives to lead us through these tumultuous times.
Trust me, it’s the right thing to do!